W magazine has released its annual Art Issue, which was once covered controversially by a nude Kim Kardashian, followed by Nicki Minaj in an 18th century makeover. Nearly as surprising is the latest cover star, if only because he’s not a curvaceous female tabloid regular: It’s George Clooney, who we think looks pretty awesome and, obviously, handsome, in a polka dot Giorgio Armani suit customized by Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese artist known for her obsession with dots. The cover was shot by Emma Summerton.
Kusama, in addition to staging multiple high-profile exhibitions this year, collaborated with Louis Vuitton, so it’s no surprise to see her featured in W‘s art-dedicated edition.
The cover spread also sees Clooney interpreted by various female artists, including Catherine Opie (who once did a Rodarte book), Tracey Emin, Marilyn Minter and Karen Kilimnik. The accompanying interview by Lynn Hirschberg is also filled with gems. Of his collaboration with Kusama, Clooney said, “She made me Snoopy! But I must say: I’m proud to be Snoopy!” The Gravity star also revealed his childhood cinematic crush to be Audrey Hepburn. “I watched Roman Holiday when I was 11, and I thought she was as elegant as anything I’d ever seen,” he told W, “and I fell madly in love with her.” Who describes his childhood crush as elegant? So adorable.
Clooney rarely gets much play in fashion glossies, but we’d have a hard time not picking this up from a newsstand.
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